Yes

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2016-2017, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2016. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

Preparation for the Behavioral Neuroscience Major

PSYC 101Introductory Psychology3
PSYC 230Research Methods in Psychology3
PSYC 260Statistics3
BIOL 190Introduction to Evolution3
BIOL 221
221L
Introduction to Organismal Diversity
and Introduction to Organismal Diversity Lab
4
BIOL 225
225L
Introduction to Cell Processes
and Introduction to Cell Processes Laboratory
4
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
4
CHEM 152
152L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
4
MATH 150Calculus I (core Mathematics requirement)4

Major Requirements

A minimum of 27 units of Upper-Division Units of coursework is required and must be distributed as follows:

Genetics
BIOL 300Genetics3
Biological Psychology
PSYC 342Biological Psychology3
Behavioral Neuroscience
NEUR 310Behavioral Neuroscience3
Advanced Research Lab
NEUR 410WAdvanced Research Methods / Laboratory In Behavioral Neuroscience3
Cognition
Select 1 of the following Cognition courses:3
PSYC 332Learning and Behavior
PSYC 336Cognitive Psychology
Evolution
Select one of the following:3
PSYC 344Animal Behavior: Comparative Psychology and Ethology
PSYC 347Behavior Genetics
PSYC 494Special Topics in Psychology (when offered as Evolutionary Psychology)
BIOL 310Evolution
BIOL 346Vertebrate Natural History
Cell/Molecular
Select one of the following:3
BIOL 478Vertebrate Physiology
BIOL 480Cell Physiology
CHEM 331Biochemistry
NEUR 305Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
Electives
Select 6 credits from the above courses, if not already used to fulfill requirements, or from the following:6
BIOL 320Evolution of Vertebrate Structure
BIOL 376Animal Development
BIOL 482Molecular Biology
BIOL 484Immunology
NEUR 494Special Topics In Behavioral Neuroscience
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
CHEM 335Biochemistry Laboratory
CHEM 427Biophysical Chemistry
PSYC 355Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 357Health Psychology
PSYC 432WAdvanced Research Methods / Laboratory In Learning
PSYC 444WAdvanced Research Methods / Laboratory In Animal Behavior
ANTH 310Human Evolution
ANTH 311Primatology
PHIL 331Biomedical Ethics (when offered as Ethics and Frontiers of Science if not used to satisfy the core, )
 PHIL 334 Studies in Ethics
PHIL 413Philosophy of Mind 1
PHIL 415Philosophy of Natural Science 1
PHYS 340Biological Physics
NEUR 492Major Field Test 20
1

 if not used to satisfy the core

2

 As part of the department’s assessment program, each graduating senior is required to take a major field test in behavioral neuroscience and senior exit survey (NEUR 492). A student who fails to do so may be restricted from graduating.

A minimum grade of C– and a GPA of 2.0 in the 27 graded units of upper division course work used to complete the requirements for the major is required.

The electives chosen to complete the major requirements should be selected in consultation with your academic advisor with a view to achieving balance among the major areas of psychological knowledge. A maximum of 4 units from any combination of NEUR 496 and NEUR 499 can be applied toward the units required to complete the major, and a maximum of 6 are applicable to the 124 units required for graduation.

Due to the number of shared courses between the Behavioral Neuroscience major and the Biology and Psychology majors, students with a Behavioral Neuroscience major are not eligible to double-major in Psychology or Biology, or minor in Psychology.

Note: Transfer students who wish to graduate as psychology or behavioral neuroscience majors must complete a minimum of 12 Upper-Division Units of the required coursework at USD.

While students are not currently required to participate in research, students who are considering applying to graduate school or medical school are strongly encouraged to volunteer for at least two semester of research experience.

Recommended Program of Study, Behavioral Neuroscience

Freshman Year
Semester IHours
PSYC 101Introductory Psychology (or Preceptorial)3
BIOL 190Introduction to Evolution3
MATH 150Calculus I4
CC6
Semester II
BIOL 221
& 221L
Introduction to Organismal Diversity4
ENGL 121Composition and Literature3
PSYC 230Research Methods in Psychology3
CC6
Sophomore Year
Semester I
PSYC 260Statistics3
CHEM 151
& 151L
General Chemistry I4
BIOL 225
& 225L
Introduction to Cell Processes4
CC3
Semester II
BIOL 300Genetics3
CHEM 152
& 152L
General Chemistry II4
CC9
Junior Year
Semester I
PSYC 342Biological Psychology3
Upper-Division PSYC/BIOL3
CC9
Semester II
Upper-Division PSYC/BIOL3
NEUR 310Behavioral Neuroscience3
NEUR 410WAdvanced Research Methods / Laboratory In Behavioral Neuroscience3
CC6
Senior Year
Semester I
Upper-Division PSYC/BIOL 6
CC6
Semester II
Upper-Division PSYC/BIOL6
CC9

The recommended program of study is intended as a guide to students in planning their college program. It is not expected that students will adhere rigidly to the sequence of suggested courses. 

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2016-2017, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2016. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

NEUR 305, NEUR 310, NEUR 410W, NEUR 492, NEUR 494, NEUR 496, NEUR 499

NEUR 305 | CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR NEUROSCIENCE

Units: 3

Prerequisites: BIOL 190 and BIOL 225 and BIOL 225L and PSYC 101 and PSYC 230 and PSYC 342

This course explores the major areas of cellular and molecular neuroscience with a strong focus on basic principles of cellular neuroscience, including the biophysical basis of the membrane potential, action potential generation and propagation, axon guidance, neuronal cell biology, synapse formation and neural plasticity. At the molecular level the course will delve into structure of ion channels and receptors and molecular mechanisms underlying these cellular processes.

NEUR 310 | BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE

Units: 3

Prerequisites: BIOL 190 and BIOL 225 and BIOL 225L and PSYC 101 and PSYC 230 and PSYC 342

This course will explore the biological basis of human and animal behavior, with a focus on neural structures and function. Topics will include neural cell physiology, neurotransmitters and receptors, the development of the nervous system, sensory and motor systems, and the biological bases of learning and memory.

NEUR 410W | ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS / LABORATORY IN BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ENGL 121 and PSYC 101 and PSYC 230 and PSYC 260 and PSYC 342 and NEUR 310 (Can be taken Concurrently)

This course is designed to provide in-depth, hands-on experience with the concepts, methods, and techniques used in behavioral neuroscience research, including anatomical and histological methods, and surgical and pharmacological manipulations. Written project reports, as well as a literature review and research proposal, will be required.

NEUR 492 | MAJOR FIELD TEST

Units: 0

As part of the department¿s assessment program, each graduating senior is required to take a major field test in psychology and senior exit survey (NEUR 492). A student who fails to do so may be restricted from graduating.

NEUR 494 | SPECIAL TOPICS IN BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE

Units: 3-4 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

The purpose of this course is to provide the advanced undergraduate student with an opportunity to explore a variety of contemporary topics in behavioral neuroscience. These will be in-depth investigations on subjects of special interest to the instructor. Course may be repeated with different topics. Junior standing; additional prerequisites vary with topic and/or instructor.

NEUR 496 | RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Experience in serving as a researcher in a project conducted by a faculty member. By invitation. May be repeated for a maximum of six units. P/F only.

NEUR 499 | INDEPENDENT STUDY

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Prerequisites: NEUR 310

Library, laboratory, or field research of the student's own design conducted under faculty supervision. A written application and final report are required. Senior standing preferred.

Department of Psychological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

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